The Skanner, a newspaper covering the Portland and Seattle areas, featured L.A. Care in "Summit Brings City, Counties, States Together to Address Homelessness Through Supportive Housing". The summit took place in Portland, Oregon on May 11, where agencies from Los Angeles shared strategies and programs with local housing leaders and government representives.
Sponsored by CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente and Portland Metro, the summit focused on how to engage and leverage non-traditional partners in coordinated efforts to end homelessness. L.A. Care's Alison Klurfeld talked about the health plan's new role in addressing homelessness, including its $20 million, five-year commitment to Brilliant Corners that will provide permanent housing for 300 homeless individuals.
L.A. Care's housing partnership is part of a priority focus on the social determinants of health, defined as the social, economic and physical conditions under which we are born and live through on a daily basis that influence our risk for disease and how long we live. This interconnected and comprehensive approach to public health is opening doors to new partnerships, and hopefully, new resources, as advocates from traditionally separate fields work together to solve chronic problems.
"Housing is health," said Eric C. Hunter, President and CEO of CareOregon. "Of all the social determinants of health it is the foundation; and because we know that the housing crisis is complex, we need to weave together many strategies based on cooperation among every partner with a stake in the homelessness crisis."
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L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.